DEFENDER Scott Morgan has exited Dorchester Town citing the club's new training programme as the reason for his departure.

The Magpies have begun full-time training at a new base at Chapel Gate in Bournemouth and the former Newport County man cannot commit to the demands.

He said: "I have left the club and the main reason is because director of football Shaun Brooks wants to go full-time and is taking the club in a different direction.

"With me being part-time I just can't see how that is going to work for me. They are now in the second week of training and I have not even done one session.

"I am not bitter about it and I have not fallen out with anyone but I am gutted with the way it has all worked out because I feel I still have a lot to offer."

Brooks has not given up hope of finding a solution to Morgan's concerns. He said: "Scott is finding it difficult to commit to training because like a lot of our senior players he has got a full-time job and where we have relocated to Bournemouth it can be hard.

"Hopefully though we can find a way round it. I know Scott enjoys training and the camaraderie with the lads and I know that is a big part of what he wants to do. I will be speaking with him in the next couple of days."

However, Morgan believes there is no way back. He said: "It has gone past that stage as far as I am concerned and I wish the club all the best.

"The new owner has come in and taken over and is taking the club in a different direction, and it is probably the best thing that has happened up there. It is just a shame I can't be part of it."

When asked about his future plans, Morgan added: "I am looking for something else but there are not many clubs down here so we will have to wait and see."

Meanwhile, Brooks has also moved to quash rumours linking the Magpies with former Weymouth defender Adam Cottrell.

He said: "I have heard the name and I know the boy. He went from Millwall to Weymouth and Roy O'Brien has spoken highly of him but we have got Ryan Hill and Jamie Cummings in his position so we won't be pursuing him."

Dorchester will begin their pre-season friendlies programme with a trip to Sydenhams Wessex League side Ringwood Town next Tuesday.

Brooks added: "We are starting our games programme next week and we are looking forward to it. We have got to get in another four or five players to make us competitive and we are looking at that situation all the time.

"The attitude in training so far has been very good and the facilities are fantastic so I am very pleased with how everything is going."


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